26 July 2022 | Computers, How to |
So, this one is fun. All of a sudden, when you lock your puter, the “currently playing” video appears with playback controls on the lock screen.
Now, this might be a useful feature, except that in many cases it’s rather broken.
Both Chrome and Firefox on my puter will show the most recently played video on my lock screen – not one I’m currently watching.
This is pretty annoying because A) I don’t watch vids when my puter is locked and B) I don’t need the rest of the world to see what I’ve watched recently.
Fortunately, you can turn it off!
19 July 2022 | Computers, Gizmos, How Does it Work?, Video |
We all know about Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and so on.
But there’s one tech company that’s utterly massive in its importance to the entire industry, and no one is talking about it.
Well, to be precise, no one is talking about what MIGHT happen should the current,um, global mayhem go one step too far…
Join me as I take a look at TSMC: the biggest tech company you’ve never heard of!
12 July 2022 | Computers, Networking |
In my last article, I told you NOT to push the button in order to try the new Thunderbird v102.
Well, they fixed the glitch, so you can safely upgrade if you want.
Keep in mind that v102 of Tbird is still in a more-or-less “release candidate” phase.
They aren’t pushing 102 out to all users yet – you have to go to About in Settings and manually Click the Button.
5 July 2022 | Computers, Networking |
The other day, I heard about the new version of Thunderbird: v102.0.
Naturally, being a techy nerd who loves updates, I installed it.
There are a few bugs, but one in particular results in corruption of e-mails and even losing entire blocks of new messages.
So, don’t upgrade just yet…
17 May 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
Who doesn’t want a faster PC?
Well, it’s easier than you think.
Most of the time, the way we use our puters is what slows them down.
By making a few minor adjustments to how you work, you can get the most bang from your existing PC – without forking over bucks for a new one!
10 May 2022 | Computers, Gizmos, How to |
This one’s a lot of fun!
You connect your Android phone or tablet with a USB cable to your PC. You expect to be able to browse the files on your phone, or transfer photos/video.
Nope! Nuttin’. Nada. ZILCH.
It worked before, so what happened? Better yet, how do you fix it?!
26 April 2022 | Computers, How Does it Work?, How to |
On the one hand, NVMe drives are blazingly fast. On the other hand, getting them to work with Windows – or even your BIOS – can be a bit of a nightmare.
I recently upgraded several computers that had SATA SSDs. I wanted to upgrade each one to an NVMe drive.
So, I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager and just copied the SATA C: to the new NVMe drive, upgraded the hardware in each puter, and then tried to boot: NO DICE!
Windows 10 kept giving me a blue screen at boot with the message: INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.
Worse yet, it seemed the BIOS/UEFI wouldn’t even detect the NVMe drive properly. WTH?!
19 April 2022 | Computers, Do-It-Yourself, Gizmos, How Does it Work?, Video |
Despite the prevalence of touch devices these days, chances are you still have an “old fashioned” computer with a keyboard.
Many keyboards are very quiet and comfortable to type on, but they don’t last very long. Enter the Gaming Keyboard!
It’s old school durability and reliability meets modern tech.
Only trouble is, these things are SUPER noisy to type on… Or at least, they were super noisy.
Behold the world’s most silent gaming keyboard!
12 April 2022 | Computers, How to |
If you have an MSI puter that you upgraded to Windows 11, you probably noticed an annoying little error. Every time you boot up, you got a popup window that states:
UPDATEBIOS.exe could not be started. Do you want to view information about this issue?
So of course you click Yes, and then you get another error message.
Obviously, the problem has something to do with the built-in Dragon Center software trying to do a BIOS update check – and failing.
Not to worry – the fix is pretty simple!
29 March 2022 | Computers, How to, Video |
If you have no idea why you might want Windows 11, you’re not alone.
Microsoft is terrible with the whole marketing thing.
Nevertheless, I happened to discover by accident a handy new feature in Win 11 just the other day.
How many more are hiding in the shadows just waiting to be found???